If you’ve ever wanted to race one of the most challenging full distances races in the world, there’s now the opportunity right here in our own backyard. Canada joins races like Norseman, Swissman and Celtman with the debut of Canadaman/Canadawoman, coming to Quebec on July 9th, 2017.
The Government of Canada has confirmed that it is supporting the “economic and commercial recovery of the town of Lac-Mégantic in the aftermath of the rail accident that occurred on July 6, 2013, and has made it a priority to be there for businesses and the community for the short, medium and long term.”
Canadaman/Canadawoman is billed as “the only extreme triathlon in North America.” The Lac-Mégantic event is a point-to-point race that includes a 3.8K swim in Lake Mégantic, a ‘”very hilly 180 kilometre bike ride’ along Summit Drive and a marathon that ends at the summit of Mont Mégantic. The day begins (at 4:30 a.m.) and participants will have 15 hours to reach Mont Mégantic National Park. They will then take on the final 8.5 km of the marathon that leads to the Mont Mégantic Observatory. The goal is to touch the stars before midnight. For security reasons, athletes must be accompanied by an assistant who will support them for this last stretch.
The race has produced a fantastic promo video, seen above, sure to inspire anyone considering this new iconic event. Info for registration (both the full distance race as well as the relay and sprint options) can be found here. TMC will have more info on the race, including an interview with race organizers, available soon.